“To the saints,
To make known
Among the gentiles
Of the glory
Of this mystery,
Christ in you,
The hope of glory.”
οἷς ἠθέλησεν ὁ Θεὸς γνωρίσαι τί τὸ πλοῦτος τῆς δόξης τοῦ μυστηρίου τούτου ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν, ὅς ἐστιν Χριστὸς ἐν ὑμῖν, ἡ ἐλπὶς τῆς δόξης·
Paul said, “To the saints (οἷς), God (ὁ Θεὸς) chose (ἠθέλησεν) to make known (γνωρίσαι) among the gentiles (ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν) the riches (τί τὸ πλοῦτος) of the glory (τῆς δόξης) of this mystery (τοῦ μυστηρίου τούτου), which is Christ in you (ὅς ἐστιν Χριστὸς ἐν ὑμῖν), the hope of glory (ἡ ἐλπὶς τῆς δόξης).” Paul indicated that God made know to the followers of Jesus Christ, his saints, that he had chosen the gentiles to give the rich glory of this mystery. Christ is with them as the hope of glory. The gentiles were to be saved with the glorious mystery of Jesus Christ. Do you believe that non-Jewish people can be saved?
Paul ended this letter to the Philippians with a praise of glory to God. He wanted them to greet all the Christians in Philippi. Everyone with Paul, even the imperial guard, send greetings to them. He wanted the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ to be with them.
Paul said that no one else shared like the Philippians. They were the only ones to help him out in Thessalonica. Their actions should be known. He had not sought a gift, since he had enough. However, he wanted their actions fully acknowledged. He got the fragrant offering gift from Epaphroditus that was pleasing to God. Thus, God would supply them what they needed according to Jesus Christ.
Paul was thankful that the Philippians were concerned about him, even though they had no opportunity to show it. Paul was not complaining. He had learned to live with whatever he had, a lot or a little. He knew what it was like to be well fed and what it was like to be hungry. He lived with all things in Christ. Nevertheless, he was happy that they were kind enough to care about his problems.
Paul wanted the Philippians to think about whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, and pleasing to God. They were to consider whatever is commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise. They were to do the things that they had learned, seen, and heard about from Paul. Then the God of peace would be with them.
Paul wanted the Philippians to rejoice in the Lord. Their gentleness should be known to everyone. The Lord was near so that they did not have to worry. They were to pray and give thanks to God. Thus, the unknowable peace of God would guard their hearts and their minds.
Paul urged Euodia and Syntyche to be united in one mind in the Lord. Paul wanted an agreement among these two co-worker Christian women. They had worked with Clement and the other Christians, so that there should not be any disagreement among them.
Paul pointed out that citizenship was in heaven, not here on earth. The Philippians were expecting a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He would transform their human earthly bodies into heavenly bodies of glory. Thus, because Paul loved the Christians in Philippi, he wanted them to stand firm in the Lord.
Paul asked the Philippians to imitate him. There were some enemies of the cross that he was tearfully talking about. Their only plan was destruction. They only cared about themselves and their own glory, as their mind was set only on human earthly things.
Paul had not reached his goal of knowing Jesus Christ fully, but he was continuing to make it his own. He was not yet there, but looking forward to being there. He aimed at the heavenly call and the heavenly prize. Paul explained that the Philippians were mature and of the same mind. If they disagreed, it would have to come to them in a revelation. For the time being, they should hold fast to what they had already attained together.